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NHTSA’s Office of EMS is dedicated to promoting a sufficient, stable, and well-trained EMS workforce, as well as enhancing the health and safety of all EMS providers. To this end, OEMS supports workforce research and develops resources designed specifically for EMS providers.



EMS Education for the Future: A Systems Approach


The following are official U.S. Department of Transportation (US DOT) National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Education Standards (with related Instructional Guidelines) and National Standard Curricula (NSC). Prior to using the Education Standards or Curricula, you should contact your State EMS Office to see what versions are currently adopted and used in your State.


National EMS Education Standards and Instructional Guidelines

Completed in 2009, the National EMS Education Standards (the Standards) represents yet another step toward realizing the vision of the 1996 EMS Agenda for the Future, as articulated in the 2000 EMS Education Agenda for the Future: A Systems Approach. The Standards define the minimal entry-level educational competencies for each level of EMS personnel as identified in the National EMS Scope of Practice Model. Eventually, the Standards will replace the current DOT National Standard Curricula (NSC). The less rigid Standards format supports diverse implementation methods and more frequent content updates.


National Standard Curricula (NSC)


First Responder

Emergency Medical Technician

Emergency Medical Technician - Intermediate


Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic

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